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NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Phoenix



(Saturday, December 13th)

Final Score: Detroit 5, Phoenix 4 (SO)

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Jiri Hudler had the deciding goal in the shootout, as the Detroit Red Wings continued their dominance over the Phoenix Coyotes with a 5-4 victory at Jobing.com Arena.

Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk was the first participant in the extra segment and he was denied by Ilya Bryzgalov. Peter Mueller was the first shooter for Phoenix and zipped a wrister past Chris Osgood. Henrik Zetterberg was next for the Red Wings and he dropped the left shoulder, getting the netminder to commit, switched to the backhand and roofed the puck over Bryzgalov.

After the three next players failed to score, Hudler beat Bryzgalov, and Osgood stopped Phoenix captain Shane Doan to preserve Detroit's 20th victory of the season.

Johan Franzen scored twice for the Red Wings, with his second goal also being the tying marker with 21 seconds to play in regulation. Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom both finished with a goal and an assist for the Red Wings, who have won nine straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings with the Desert Dogs.

Osgood allowed four goals on 28 shots but still earned his 375th career win to move into sole possession of 12th place on the all-time list.

Joakim Lindstrom and Mikkel Boedker each posted a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who have dropped three of their last five games. Ed Jovanovski recorded two helpers, while Bryzgalov finished with 34 saves.

Down 3-2, Phoenix evened the score on the power play at the 10:30 mark of the third period. Lindstrom intercepted a Detroit player's intended pass, quickly dished to an uncovered Boedker at the right side of the net and he tucked it home.

Steven Reinprecht then gave the Coyotes the lead. Jovanovski's drive from the point snuck behind Osgood and hit the near post. Reinprecht followed up the play and tapped it in with 4:40 showing on the clock.

Detroit caught a break when Phoenix defenseman Zbynek Michalek lifted the puck over the glass, resulting in a delay of game penalty with 1:23 left in the frame. The Red Wings pulled Osgood to create a 6-on-4 advantage and eventually netted the equalizer.

From behind the cage, Marian Hossa fed Franzen streaking down the slot and he buried the puck past Bryzgalov.

It didn't take the Red Wings long to locate the back of the net in the first, as Zetterberg tallied 33 seconds into the contest. Lindstrom countered for Phoenix with 27 seconds left in the opening period.

Doan's power-play goal gave the Coyotes a 2-1 edge at the 1:47 mark of the middle stanza, but Franzen answered with a short-handed goal six minutes later.

While on the man advantage, Holmstrom redirected a Brian Rafalski shot past Bryzgalov to give the Red Wings a 3-2 with 9:43 remaining in the second period.

Game Notes

Datsyuk recorded two assists...Chris Chelios made his season debut for Detroit. The 46-year-old defenseman had been out since the preseason after fracturing his right tibia...The Red Wings finished 2-for-3 on the power play, while Phoenix went 2-for-5.

12/14 00:44:17 ET


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